Posted by Liz Grey on Sep 03, 2018

Northbridge Rotary Club has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Sarina and Townsville to assist 30 children who, due to a massive landslide on the Sarina Range in the Queensland hinterland and consequent road closures, can no longer safely get to school.  The main campus of the Swayneville State School is now a 70 minute drive over a dangerous dirt road. 

The Education Department has set up a secondary campus of temporary classrooms on CWA land on the Sarina Range (pictured below).  While the children’s education is now being catered for, the families are cut off from their normal services and the children from their friends and activities
such as dental checks, sports, and swimming lessons.
The road will be reopened at the end of this year.  Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Northbridge has funded a periodic bus service which enables
both the parents and students to get to town, access services and participate in school activities.  This service was funded by generous donations
in a bucket appeal held at Northbridge Plaza.
Cyclone Debbie hit the north Queensland coast between the towns of Airlie Beach and Bowen on 28 March 2017 and was a category 4 storm with wind speeds up to 263km/h.  Northbridge Rotary raised a total of $6300 via a bucket appeal at the Northbridge Plaza and gave $3290 to the Sarina Range project and $2983 to the Lismore club for play equipment for the school